What We Are Watching: Spring 2020 Edition


May is here, and while in some parts of the world the weather is nice, in other parts of the world, spring is still sorting itself out. As I am (and most of us are) still practicing physical distancing, and I am also experiencing zoom fatigue, I am finding calm in solo-TV time or listening to podcasts in my downtime.

Every few months, the streaming services release shows or specials that would typically garner “watercooler conversations.” Since “watercooler conversations” need to be interpreted differently now, I thought I’d bring the watercooler conversation here. Here are four TV shows that I’ve watched in the past month of quarantine.

Never Have I Ever on Netflix

Created by Mindy Kaling, Never Have I Ever is about a sixteen year old South Asian female who is navigating peer relationships, family relationships, romantic relationships, and grief. Brilliant and hilarious, there is a lot of relatability and “cringey” moments  in this show. 

Upload on Amazon Prime

Upload is one of Amazon Prime’s newest original show that is a lighter-hearted but equally as striking as Black Mirror. Set sometime in the not-so-distant future, Upload is about an Alternate Reality for people who’ve died. When someone dies, they can choose between death or being “uploaded.” 

Survivor on CBS All Access/Global TV

It would be wrong for me to not include my favourite show on this list. Survivor’s fortieth season brings back twenty previous winners to battle it out for two million dollars. If you’re one of those folks who exclaim “what? That show is still on?” then this is the season for you. Classic old-school players from the first few seasons such as Ethan, Amber, and Boston Rob are just three of the classic players. Check it out on CBS All Access or Global TV.

Unorthodox on Netflix

A complicated series, Unorthodox is based on the real experience of Deborah Feldman who left the Satmar Ultra-Orthodox community in Williamsburg, New York. While dramatized for the viewer, this mini-series focuses on Esty, a nineteen year old who is in an unhappy arranged marriage. It is important to note that this is just one person’s perspective on her experience in these communities. 

What are other shows that I am missing out on? Let me know in the comments!

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Written by Alana Kaplan, Project Manager for the I Am Resilient Project.

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